County Commission Calls for “Citizens of the Year” Nominations

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to advocating for all women in Middlesex County and to providing an effective forum to identify and address women’s issues and concerns, is calling for nominations for its first “Citizens of the Year” Awards.

Women who are residents of Middlesex County will be honored for their distinguished contributions in the following areas:  Arts/Entertainment, Business, Education, Health/Medicine, Government, Law/Public Safety, Social Services and Volunteerism.  As Commission Chair Paulette Crabiel Wahler notes, “We are very excited about addressing women’s issues and honoring women in our County.”


The Commission is accepting nominations for women who have truly made a difference.  Nomination forms must be received no later than January 7, 2011.

The winners will be honored at a dinner to be held March 23, 2011 at the Pines Manor in Edison.

The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders reactivated the Commission earlier this year. Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti said:  “I am delighted that the Commission has been revived. It will provide a great deal of resources and purpose to the women of Middlesex County. I pledge to work hard and continue the spirit of this resolution.”

Serving on the Commission are Freeholder Blanquita  B. Valenti, Paulette Crabiel Wahler (Chair), Nancy Nicola (Vice Chair), Andrea Mackaronis, Chanelle McCullum, North Brunswick Councilwoman Catherine Nicola, Elizabeth Raspa, Linda Van Derveer, and Debbie Wisniewski.

The purpose of the Middlesex County Commission on the Status of Women is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Middlesex County.  The Commission will serve as a resource and advisory group to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to:

  • Assess present and potential needs of women residents of Middlesex County;
  • Identify existing services and resources available with other County and Municipal agencies that may be of interest to women residents of Middlesex County;
  • Recommend policies, programs and services to improve the status of women in Middlesex County;
  • Provide liaison and promote networking opportunities between existing organizations which are working toward improvement of the status of women in Middlesex County;
  • Develop a greater public awareness of women’s issues by sponsoring informational exchanges to enhance the quality of life for everyone;
  • Sponsor an annual “Citizens of the Year” event in March, Women’s History Month, celebrating Middlesex County women for their outstanding accomplishments.
  • Sponsor an annual Most Valuable Student Scholarship award to female graduating seniors who exemplify superior or exceptional characteristics that contribute to the specific criterion of Academic Achievement, Work Experience, Community Service, Honors and Awards, Leadership and Extracurricular activities.

For information on the Commission or to access a nomination form for the “Citizens of the Year” awards, please contact Paulette Crabiel Wahler at 732-828-1331 or e-mail

Information and nomination forms also are available on the Middlesex County Web site at

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